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Section C – Future Committee Meetings

This section includes the agendas of the forthcoming committee meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change. Committees have the right to take items in private and this will be notified as far in advance as possible.

Many committees include details of their future business on their webpages, which can be accessed at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

Communities Committee

7 December 2005

29th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence from Johann Lamont MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) on the following instruments—

the draft Private Landlord Registration Modification (Scotland) Order 2005;

the Private Landlord Registration (Advice and Assistance) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/557);

the Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/558);

the Private Landlord Registration (Appeals against Decision as to Rent Payable) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/559);

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Appeal against Order as to Rent Payable) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/560);

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Management Control Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/561);

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Landlord Liability) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/562); and

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Advice and Assistance) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/563).

2. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities, to move S2M-3564 —

That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Private Landlord Registration Modification (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

3. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE749 by Geoffrey Kolbe on behalf of Newcastleton and District Community Council, on the spreading of sewage sludge.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects its next meeting to be on 21 December and it is expected that the Committee will consider an approach paper to the proposed planning bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee

7 December 2005

40th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (in private): The Committee will receive a briefing from Professor Jim Murdoch, Committee Adviser on the Bill and Sarah Harvie-Clark and Murray Earle, Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

2. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Brian Peddie, Bill Team Leader, Ed Thomson, Policy Officer and Ross Truslove, Policy Officer, Justice Department and John St Clair, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive, Scottish Executive;

and then from—

Simon Braunholtz, Director, MORI Scotland.

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/584) from—

Roy Martin QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and Ian Duguid QC, Faculty of Advocates;

and then from—

Andrew Dickson, Head of Access to Justice Division and Gillian Mawdsley, Legal Aid Policy Team, Justice Department and Jane McLeod, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive, Scottish Executive.

4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2005, (SSI 2005/583).

5. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence from Alex Mowat, Civil Law Division, Scottish Executive, in relation to the following negative instrument—

the Civil Partnership (Modification of Subordinate Legislation) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/572).

6. Family law: The Committee will consider the provision of family support services arising from its consideration of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 December 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Disability Rights Commission, Equal Opportunities Commission, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Human Rights Centre and Amnesty International on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1 at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education Committee

7 December 2005

23rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Registration of Independent Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/571).

2. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Alan Blackie, Director of Education and Children’s Services, East Lothian Council, Association of Directors of Education;

Ewan Aitken, Education Spokesperson, COSLA; and

Anna Fowlie, Team Leader, Education, Children and Young People Team, COSLA.

Panel 2

Caroline Vass, President, Scottish School Boards Association;

George Hammersley, Company Secretary, Scottish School Boards Association; and

Judith Gillespie, Development Manager, Scottish Parent Teacher Council.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 December it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Association of Head Teachers in Scotland, Headteacher’s Association of Scotland and the Educational Institute of Scotland on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to take further evidence in its Stage 1 consideration of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill and consider the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

7 December 2005

32nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider item 6 in private.

2. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Professor Christopher Wathes, Chairman, Farm Animal Welfare Council;

Peter Stevenson, Political Adviser, Advocates for Animals;

Panel 2

Mike Robson, President, Scottish Branch, British Veterinary Association;

Lynne Hill, President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons;

Dr Mark Eisler, Head of Division of Animal Health and Welfare, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh;

Panel 3

Peter Scott, Consultant Veterinary Officer, Performing Animals Welfare Standards International;

Christopher Dickie, Secretary, Scottish Exotic Animal Society;

Matt Collis, Parliamentary Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare; and

David Windmill, Chief Executive, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Plant Health Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/555); and

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/569).

Not before 11.30 am

4. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, to move motion S2M-3563

That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

5. Animal Welfare Bill - UK Legislation: The Committee will consider a memorandum from the Scottish Executive on the Animal Welfare Bill, currently under consideration in the UK Parliament, and take evidence from—

Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

6. Animal Welfare Bill - UK Legislation: The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 December, and at subsequent meetings on 21 December and 11 January 2006, the Committee will continue to take oral evidence as part of its Stage 1 consideration of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee

7 December 2005

18th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE899 Review of the operation of the Victim Notification Scheme. Hazel Reid will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Norma Anderson.

PE900 Assessment of the proposal for the Dalkeith Northern Bypass. Jade Allison will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Elizabeth Robertson and Colin Howden.

PE898 Provision of maternity services in rural areas.

PE901 Repeal of section 32 1 (b) of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.

3. Current Petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions—

PE804 Control of the Scottish fishing industry. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE813, PE771 & PE821 The preservation of school playing fields and recreational spaces. The Committee will consider responses from sportscotland and the petitioners.

PE837 Small scale energy generation equipment. The Committee will consider responses from Energy Networks Association; the Scottish Executive and Friends of the Earth.

PE856 Upgrade of the A90 trunk between Tipperty and Balmedie in Aberdeenshire in the interests of safety and the environment. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Transport and Friends of the Earth.

PE853 The closure of facilities and services for children with special needs. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Education and Young People and Aberdeenshire Council.

PE857 Adequate provision of Gaelic language teachers. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and Comunn nam Pàrant Nàiseanta (national group of parents of children in Gaelic medium education.)

PE858 Preservation of ancient woodlands. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive; the UK Forest Partnership for Action; the Forestry Commission (Scotland); Scottish Natural Heritage and the Confederation of Forest Industries.

PE850 Renegotiation of the NUTS2 boundaries in relation to the South of Scotland. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive; the Office of National Statistics; the South of Scotland European Partnership; Scottish Borders Enterprise; the Scottish Agricultural College and the Office of the European Commission in Scotland.

PE820 Adequate funding for therapeutic work initiatives to assist people with psychotic psychiatric disability. The Committee will consider responses from the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care and the petitioner.

PE867 Surreptitious medication. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Health and Community Care; Alzheimer Scotland; the Scottish Mental Health Association and BMA Scotland.

4. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider a claim under the witness expenses scheme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Wednesday 21 December 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider petitions on information literacy; eco-villages; PPP schools; planning regulations; breast cancer screening; and supermarket packaging. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976; child sex offenders; property affected by wind farm development; legal aid; housing stock transfer; portable oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation classes; public library provision in rural areas; the use of PPP funding for new schools and a review of local authorities’ performance in maintaining roads, pavements and footpaths. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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